Vermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk Veterans

first_imgVermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk VeteransWaterbury, VT-The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) Department of Mental Health (DMH) has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Vermont a five year, $2.1 million grant to create an infrastructure project to serve veterans of all conflicts with trauma-spectrum illnesses, who are at risk or have already become involved with the criminal justice system.”Vermont’s veterans, who have so selflessly protected the liberties we all enjoy, deserve the most caring, compassionate services we can provide to them when they are in need,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Vermont has a proud tradition of providing these supports to our state’s veterans, and we are truly pleased that the federal government has recognized the quality of these services through their support of this new initiative.”The grant will support the creation of a statewide intergovernmental initiative intended to address the needs of Vermont veterans and other adults with trauma spectrum-illness who are involved in the criminal justice system through identification, screening and assessment, and diversion from the criminal justice system to evidence-based treatment and supports.During the project’s first three years, DMH will pilot its infrastructure and intervention model in Chittenden County, screening an estimated 14,000 veterans and other adults in the criminal justice system for trauma-related illness and diverting an estimated 300 from detention to evidence-based treatment and supports. In years three through five, the project will progress toward statewide implementation, screening approximately an additional 24,500 adults and diverting roughly 525 to treatment. Over the grant term, about 38,500 adults will be screened and roughly 825 will be diverted to evidence-based care, resulting in increased access to trauma informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment and community supports for these veterans.”The Agency of Human Services is fully committed to ensuring that veterans and their families have access to comprehensive supports, particularly through our involvement with the Military, Family and Community Network and our promotion of the employment of veterans through our Division for Vocational Rehabilitation,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of AHS. “This SAMHSA grant to our Department of Mental Health will enable us to leverage existing resources as we continue to help at-risk veterans achieve success and support successful community reintegration.””This grant will enhance current efforts by DMH, the Department of Corrections, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Division of the Health Department, and the Court Administrator to focus on better interventions for persons involved with or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system,” added DMH Commissioner Michael Hartman. “Together with ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration and local veterans groups, this grant will help more veterans access valuable services and supports.”DMH and community partners are currently working out the details of a plan to implement these expanded services for veterans.#####last_img read more

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: No news on Kevin de Bruyne

first_img Pellegrini said: “I think playing with creative players such as Kun (Sergio Aguero), (Samir) Nasri, (David) Silva, Yaya (Toure) – sorry not to tell aloud another player, just the players that we have – I think he will improve a lot, scoring more goals. “The good thing of Sterling is that he is not just about scoring goals, he works a lot during the whole game. There are a lot of reasons why we got him and he is demonstrating that he is not (just) an expensive player, but a good player.” City have made a flying start to the season, winning their first four games without conceding a goal. In all they have now won a club record 10 in succession and they are already eight points ahead of chief title rivals and champions Chelsea. Pellegrini said: “I think we played this game in exactly the same way we played the other three games, as a very consistent team. “We had different rivals in the four games but we found the solutions, especially today when we didn’t create many chances because Watford defended very well. In that sense I am very happy about that.” Defeat was Watford’s first of the season after three successive draws. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores admitted holding City out was always likely to prove difficult for his side. He said: “I think we played well in the first half in defensive terms but it was difficult to resist City for the full match. It was very difficult to play against this kind of opponent. “They have a lot of velocity in the transition, they have a lot of quality in the pass, they are physically strong. “For the future we will learn from this kind of experience. It is very difficult to play against City in these conditions.” Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has continued to rebuff questions about Kevin de Bruyne. Pellegrini faced a series of queries about the Belgian, the subject of a reported £58million offer from City, after his side’s 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Earlier in the day it was reported the Wolfsburg playmaker was in Manchester for a medical but, in keeping with a stance of indifference adopted throughout City’s lengthy apparent pursuit, Pellegrini remained non-committal. “I don’t have any news,” Pellegrini said at his post-match press conference at the Etihad Stadium. “You have news? “I will answer the same way I answer all the questions that you or the other journalists ask me about rumours. I can’t talk about rumours.” It was then suggested that the reports could no longer be considered rumours because Wolfsburg have commented and a photograph of De Bruyne apparently in Manchester has also emerged. But, in an odd exchange, Pellegrini said: “He has signed? It is the first thing I know… He has not signed. I answer what I want and not what you want. I cannot talk about things they never told me, that he has signed a contract.” It was then suggested that Pellegrini might at least know that De Bruyne was in Manchester, but again he refused to answer. He said: “I was involved in the game and not thinking about what was happening in Manchester. I was thinking about what happened in 90 minutes against Watford.” There was, however, a slight hint that another signing might be imminent as he discussed the goalscoring performance of Raheem Sterling who, for the moment at least, remains City’s record signing at £49million. Sterling scored his first goal for City in the second minute of the second half and Fernandinho doubled the lead as the Barclays Premier League leaders finally broke the resistance of the spirited Hornets. last_img read more

Alexis Peterson named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 30

first_img Published on December 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse senior point guard Alexis Peterson has been named to the John. R Wooden Award Preseason Top 30, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding players.On Monday, the 5-foot-7 guard became the first SU player since December 2013 to earn Atlantic Coast Conference co-Player of the Week honors. In No. 20 Syracuse’s (7-3) rout of Coppin State on Wednesday, Peterson led all players with 16 points and nine assists.She has already received Preseason All-ACC honors and been named to the watch lists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the country’s best point guard, and Naismith Trophy, college basketball’s top individual honor. Award finalists will be announced at the end of the season.Through 10 games, Peterson is averaging 22.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. The ACC’s leading scorer, Peterson ranks seventh in program history with 1,431 points scored. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nothing wrong with MMA-ADA Chair’s 10,000 acres of land – Agriculture Minister

first_img– says Chairman has always owned large tracts of landKelvin Saul, the Chairman of the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA), has been prominently featured in the press owing to his company’s acquisition of 10,000 acres of land. According to his subject Minister, however, there is nothing wrong with owning such a large amount of land.MMA-ADA Chair Kelvin SaulWhen contacted by this publication, Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder noted that there is nothing “sinister” about the situation. According to Holder, while Sealy is a large landowner, this was before he became a member of the MMA-ADA Board of Directors.“First of all, he’s on the Board of the MMA because many people on the Board really should come from the MMA, Region Five area. And Saul himself had land for years. On that merit, he came on the Board years ago.”“In terms of this situation, he had applied at Forestry for 10,000 acres forestry lease way up the Mahaica river in the intermediate area. It’s not rice-land or anything of the sort. Not part of the MMA system. Apparently, he applied to covert it, because he wanted to do agriculture.”Agriculture Minister Noel HolderConcern had been raised that while Sealy would have benefitted from thousands of acres of land, farmers are waiting to get their land. Holder said, however, that due to the location of the land, it would not be considered viable for farming crops such as rice.“He got permission from the Forestry Commission because he still had a forestry lease and applied to the MMA seeking permission. And MMA gave permission. I don’t see anything sinister about it. You think any farmer will want to have land in a white sand area, up to the Mahaica river?”The documents detailing the transaction was first released to the public earlier this month and it had shown that Sealy had over 10,000 acres of land, through a company called Mc Agriculture Trading and Investment Services (MATIS). Questions were then raised in another section of the media about a potential conflict of interest.In his response to the issue, Saul had said that in August 2014 himself and three other persons registered under the name Mc Agriculture Trading and Investment Services (MATIS) were granted a Forestry Permission SFP DEM 21/14 from the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC).The SFP DEM 21/14 is a block of approximately 10,609 acres of state lands lying on either side of Captain Creek in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).“This land was essentially Forest Land in the Hinterland and Intermediate Savannahs and MATIS focused on husbandry and harvesting of forestry products with charcoal production through systematic and sustained tree felling and land clearing. In January 2016 (MATIS) took a conscious decision to diversify into other related agricultural activities (Crops). The conversion from Forestry to Crops required the intervention/permission of the MMA-ADA and to this end, an application was submitted to the MMA in January 2016 to lease the said block of land for agricultural purposes,” Saul said in his defence.He claimed that subsequently, the GFC which had granted the SFP in 2014, informed the Agriculture Ministry and the MMA-ADA on August 8, 2019, that it had no objection to the conversion and to the granting of a lease for the said land to MATIS by the MMA-ADA.“I recused myself from the MMA-ADA discussions in 2016 on the conversion and in any event, I was not a member of that Committee that deliberated, nor was I the Chairman of MMA-ADA at the time. The MMA-ADA subsequently approved the conversion,” he claimed.last_img read more

Sterling hits back at critics after not starting Estonia clash due to fatigue

first_img1 Raheem Sterling in action for England England forward Raheem Sterling has hit back at his critics after failing to start the Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Estonia due to fatigue, saying: “Excuse me for being human.”The Liverpool youngster was used as a second-half substitute in Tallinn, which England won 1-0, after manager Roy Hodgson revealed the player was tired.The Three Lions chief said Sterling, 19, who is regarded as one of the team’s key players, had complained of fatigue on the eve of the match.That prompted considerable debate, with Sterling himself receiving critical messages on Twitter.The player responded by tweeting: “Now listening too.. Excuse me for being human?? omw home.”last_img read more